After a huge turnaround in 2013 the Auburn Tigers will try to get back to the national championship game this season. One year after going winless in the SEC the Tigers went 12-2 last season and lost to Florida State in the BCS title game. The Seminoles scored with 13 seconds left in the game to win 34-31. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn says that loss is helping serve as motivation this season. "It's more of a mindset. It's not that we already think we are going to the national championship game and we just have to be 13 seconds better, it's not that. It is a mentality that me as a head coach I have to be 13 seconds better in the way I prepare for a staff meeting. I have to be 13 seconds better the way I set up practice so it is just that mentality, that edge that we need to be thinking about everyday, a way to help us improve and get better."
Auburn has nine starters returning this season. In 2013 the Tigers led the nation in rushing putting up 328 yards per game. The Auburn offense was 11th nationally in total offense averaging 501 yards per game.
Defensively the Tigers have six starters coming back. Last season they gave up 420 yards per game and 24 points per game.
Auburn will open the 2014 season August 30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with an SEC west battle against Arkansas.